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28 November 2008 @ 01:51 am
Western Ghats  
The two short weeks in India had to be sliced up into work, work-related travel and real travel. I only got to spend a couple of days in the wilderness, but it was an awesome feeling to be back in the jungle.

Typical view of the Western Ghats

A forest path

A Waterfall hidden behind a veil of mist

The mist clears out to reveal the Unchalli falls

Fungi on a piece of wood that, not too long ago, was fuel to a fire that kept someone warm or cooked something.

A small shop in the middle of nowhere that sells tea, biscuits and...

... organic cardamom among other things! (notice the indigenous straw caps for sale)

The bright blue color of the shop make it standout against the verdant background

A little frog hides among the rocks near a small mountain stream

A House Swift hawking insects in the air

And a video of the Waterfall!

Anush Shettyanushsh on November 28th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)
I have always loved your pics.. this time more than anything, its the video. Superb video. Lovely :)
Kathy Walkerkatbyte on November 28th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
I don't think I have ever seen a real jungle. Parts of Florida seem like jungle, but are not true jungles.

Balaji Narayananbalaji on November 28th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Unchalli Falls
That uncle and their family are excellent hosts. From that shop, there house is about a couple of hunders metres to walk.

Walk to their house and you can see see / feel a serene atmosphere. When I went there last December, met 5 generations of their family.

The house is very clean in spite of them having a few cows, using cow dung for cooking. And not to forget a natural spring where you get water at ground level. Apart from the good food they serve.

If given a chance, I will tour Malnad again.
Yathinyathin on November 28th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Unchalli Falls
Oh, that's awesome. Even the shop was so neat and well kept.
kejnkejn on November 28th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
interesting pics!! thank you for letting us "tag along" on the roads back home...

the pic of the jungle path made me think of my favorite children's book about the camel (almost) walking down the path into the tiger's trap.

and the picture after that reminded me of my trip to madeira, with its mist-covered hillsides and abundant vegetation.

the waterfall itself (oh, cool video!) reminded me of the gullfoss fall on iceland (minus the jungle vegetation, naturally). :)

i loved peeking into the shop (mmm, i'd definitely buy the cardamom!) and the picture of the shop front is sooo... vibrant yet serene! i wonder if the shop keeper is proud of his little beautiful blue place?

and the frog pic had me gaping. i was thinking you were toying with us, "seeing" animals in rocks again, until i looked to the right. just fantastic! how ever did you spot it?! :)

Yathinyathin on November 28th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
> how ever did you spot it?

frogs get flushed when you walk along the bank and once they jump, the eye can follow them and focus on the place they land. After that if you lose them, you'll have to wait for them to jump again.
falkorskidfalkorskid on November 28th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
absolutely stunning
Melkendokamel on November 29th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Those are just lovely!
Aparna: Smileinspirethoughts on November 30th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Beautiful pics...loved the way you captured the shop, its items and the scenic behind the shop. Very natural, very rustic and above all very primitive...all in one!
ext_129997 on December 2nd, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Drool stuff boss
Lovely Pictures. You rock sir!